Craig Brian Aseltine
June 29, 1947 – December 3, 2018
Craig Brian Aseltine, born on June 29, 1947 in Niagra Falls, New York and passed away on December 3, 2018 in Orange, California. He was 71 years old. Craig was a loving son, father and husband.
Craig is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Georgean, and his four children; Brian, Elyshia, Christopher and Elizabeth. He also leaves behind three grandchildren; Savannah, Haley and Alyssa.
He had early memories of riding the family tractor through the fields of his home. He lived in New York until the age of five. His family then moved to a small town outside of Houston. After living in Houston, his family then moved to Covina, California where his parents lived until they passed. Craig attended Northview High School where he excelled as a track athlete. At one point, having first place in every division he competed in; 100 meter, 220 meter, 440 meter and the mile. He received a full scholarship to University of Redlands. After graduation, he started his first job in 1972 at Santa Ana Community Hospital on Washington Ave. in Santa Ana, California. He proudly worked as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist for 46 years at this institution. He was dedicated to being a great CLS and genuinely loved his laboratory profession.
Craig was a great, decent man; strong kind and sincere. Taking care of his family was his "prime directive" in life. He often referred to himself as "The Lion at the Gate". When our little daughter was sick in the NICU, it was Craig that would insist on staying all night to make sure everybody did what they were supposed to do to take good care of her.
Craig loved to garden... absolutely loved it! One or two pony packs of tomatoes were never enough. He had to buy five or six. His favorite things to plant included cucumbers, zucchinis, yellow squash, winter squash, radishes, onions, bell peppers and beets. Consequently, a self watering system had to be installed for this much produce to grow. So, down to Home Depot he went but he could never go alone. He would drag me through every isle looking for stuff not for just this project, but for many other projects in the future.
Craig would never stop. He was always thinking about his next project to come. He loved to build computers. He loved to figure out how things work, then building it on his own, and making it work.
People say "rest in peace" when they pass away. But that would never be Craig. He's right now finding out about a whole new life and how it works. He was the smartest man I know. I will miss his strength, his vision, and his love.
-His loving wife Georgean
- Funeral Service Friday, December 14, 2018
- Committal Service Friday, December 14, 2018
Craig Brian Aseltine
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December 13, 2018
Craig interned as a Med Tech at SACH ( Santa Ana Community Hospital) in 1972 - a year after I started there. I was Microbiology supervisor and trained him in that department. I don't know of anyone who was more interested, or did as well, as Craig in mastering the material. All the supervisors wanted to hire him after training to work in their sections.
You could always count on the accuracy of the results he reported. He always knew there was a patient on the other end of the results he reported and he really cared!
He will be missed.